Every year in October, the medical field comes together to celebrate Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (MUAM). This month-long campaign is a special time to pay homage to the advancement of sonography and its impact on medical science. MUAM also recognizes all healthcare providers who deliver this pivotal service to patient communities everywhere. Furthermore, it creates a platform for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) users to celebrate their ultrasound.
MUAM aims to educate the public on what this practice entails. Most people are familiar with its use in pregnancy monitoring, but ultrasound is used for many other aspects of medicine.
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is one tool that has stepped onto the scenes of the medical field, expanding the usage of ultrasound in medicine. It is the latest technology making waves in the world of sonography, allowing doctors to perform rapid diagnosis of life-threatening symptoms. Often described as the “stethoscope of the future,” its pocket-sized nature allows doctors to examine the internal workings of a patient quickly. It is positively disrupting the medical field, redefining patient care.
POCUS has many avenues of utilization. Some uses include the examination of the gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, and musculoskeletal systems, as well as, gynecology, and the abdominal aorta. Its use can also extend to assisting with localization and guiding surgical resection. Emergency rooms are also taking advantage of this new technology in detecting intraperitoneal fluid and bladder distention.
As you can see, this mini technology is making a big impact across many medical practices around the world. The device is deserving of recognition as it is advancing the way healthcare providers can make a difference in their patients’ lives. The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy™ joins in this celebration, emerging as an external leader in pushing forward the development of standards for testing toward certification in this specialized field.
Striking up a conversation with your patients, acknowledging the month and asking if they have any questions around POCUS or ultrasound is one way. Encouraging fellow practitioners toward certification is another way you might participate. You could also host a virtual party for your office, including fun trivia games about ultrasound and POCUS.
Engage your social media following throughout October by posting about the month and fun facts surrounding the field, utilizing hashtags that relate to MUAM. Below are a few to get you started.
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